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redsox9
Redsox9  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 1292)
Wed, 5th May '10 12:12 AM

RIP ERNIE HARWELL

We lost one of the best baseball announcers today, Ernie Harwell gone at 92. He was an insituation for Tiger fans for almost a half century. Thanks for the memories

edgycater
Edgycater  (Level: 194.1 - Posts: 27)
Wed, 5th May '10 8:36 AM

Harwell was one of the last of the great broadcasters. Just think of the history he experienced and relayed to listeners all across the country. Makes me think of the nights when I was a kid when I would sit outside on a summer night and try to pick up as many different ballgames as I could on my AM radio. Good times.

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.7 - Posts: 1953)
Wed, 5th May '10 8:52 AM

Thank you for posting this. Ernie Harwell was respected and revered for his commentary, his love and knowledge of the game and above all, his humanity.

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.4 - Posts: 2671)
Wed, 5th May '10 6:44 PM

I usually have my local sports radio station on when I'm driving (since all the music stations' Oldies really aren't old enough) and I heard a retrospective of his announcing today. The commentators were saying you could "watch" the game on the radio just by listening to him.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 5th May '10 7:55 PM

My favorite anecdote about Ernie Harwell (from Wikipedia, but you'll probably find this in tribute stories about him):

"In 1948, Harwell became the only announcer in baseball history to be traded for a player when the Brooklyn Dodgers' general manager, Branch Rickey, traded catcher Cliff Dapper to the Crackers in exchange for breaking Harwell's broadcasting contract. (Harwell was brought to Brooklyn to substitute for regular Dodger announcer Red Barber, who was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.)"

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.7 - Posts: 7573)
Wed, 5th May '10 10:39 PM

Baseball has lost a great announcer. I listened to quite a few Tiger broadcasts years ago. Not a Detroit fan per se, but I enjoyed Ernie's style and commentary.

jerrys
Jerrys  (Level: 190.9 - Posts: 334)
Wed, 5th May '10 11:04 PM

I wasn't a Tigers fan either - but I also remember Ernie's commentary. He was the best.


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